After making 14 starts, he is capable of working without taking the practice reps the other three need. O'Connor seems less likely to get in against Youngstown State after two bad plays in the red zone led to a missed chip-shot field goal in a 21-6 win over South Florida.
Terry might have gotten those snaps if he hadn't been ill and nursing a jammed thumb. This week, the hope is that he will build on a final summer scrimmage that saw him pass for 240 yards and run for 40 more in limited action against the first- and second-team defenses.
Dantonio said he saw positive signs in the rest of his offense last week, with running backs Jeremy Langford, Nick Hill and Riley Bullough combining to match the production Michigan State came to expect from Le'Veon Bell before he joined the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Spartans have outrushed their opponents 176-50 per game, but Dantonio said a lack of rhythm in the passing game has been the primary problem in producing explosive plays and offensive points.
The defense has done its job and more, allowing just 179.5 yards per game, scoring four TDs and allowing just two. Defensive end Shilique Calhoun has three of those scores, including two against South Florida.